Rangers have announced plans to play in a special friendly with English Championship side Sunderland as the Ibrox side are linked to Black Cats striker Ross Stewart.
The Gers have also announced a summer training camp in Portugal as the club return to warm weather training for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Rangers made the announcement on their official social media channels and the friendly will take place at the end of a week of intense training.
Set to take place at the 3500 capacity Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, Rangers will also have a small allocation for supporters as part of the friendly, which is set to take place on July 9th.
Read more on the club’s official website HERE.
Rangers to face Sunderland and Ross Stewart in pre-season friendly
Managed by Alex Neil, Sunderland will look forward to facing off against Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers side ahead of the new campaign.
Sunderland are a sleeping giant of English football and the Scottish coach will have ambitions to bring the Stadium of Light back to the Premier League.
Rangers will also be delighted to be heading out to the Algarve ahead of the new season for the training camp as the club’s players are put through their paces ahead of season 22/23.
But could one current Sunderland player be lining up for the Rangers side come the friendly?
The Gers have been extensively linked with a summer move for former Ross County forward Ross Stewart, who fired in 26 goals for the Black Cats this season and helped them to Championship promotion.
Entering the final year of his deal, Stewart, 25, is one of a number of forward players linked to Rangers in the window as the club looks to bolster the frontline.
Included in the graphic for the friendly’s promotion, if the links are to be realised perhaps we’ll see the Scottish striker line up in blue instead of red in Portugal.
But if Rangers do want the Sunderland striker, plenty believe they will be expected to stump up.
According to former Staggies boss Ross Kettlewell, Ross Stewart is a £5m player.
Meanwhile, reports of a new deal for a Rangers veteran are wide of the mark, according to club insiders.